Open Section 8 Waitlists- Iowa

This is a list of all the open section 8 waitlists open in Iowa. Once a waitlist is open in your area, you can apply to join it. If you qualify, you’ll be added to your local waitlist to obtain housing assistance. Make sure to keep a copy of all your documents throughout the application process. 

LocationStatusStatus Updated
Audubon CountyOpen03/29/2019
Carroll CountyOpen03/29/2019
Crawford CountyOpen03/29/2019
Greene CountyOpen03/29/2019
Guthrie CountyOpen03/29/2019
Harrison CountyOpen03/29/2019
Ida CountyOpen03/29/2019
Sac and Shelby CountyOpen03/29/2019
Sioux City Housing AuthorityOpen09/20/2018
Johnson and Washington CountyOpen10/23/2020
Centerville Municipal Housing AuthorityOpen06/06/2018
Waterloo Housing AuthorityOpen06/29/2018
Southern Iowa Regional Housing AuthorityOpen07/14/2017
Knoxville CountyOpen06/28/2018
Area XV Multi-CountyOpen07/05/2018
Cedar CountyOpen01/02/2019
Clinton CountyOpen01/02/2019
Delaware County, IowaOpen01/02/2019
Dubuque CountyOpen01/02/2019
Jackson CountyOpen01/02/2019
Jones CountyOpen01/02/2019
Scott CountyOpen01/02/2019
Boone CountyOpen03/04/2019
Dallas CountyOpen03/04/2019
Jasper CountyOpen03/04/2019
Madison CountyOpen03/04/2019
Marion CountyOpen03/04/2019
Story CountyOpen03/04/2019
Muscatine CountyOpen11/27/2018
Cerro Gordo CountyOpen09/21/2018
Floyd CountyOpen09/21/2018
Franklin CountyOpen09/21/2018
Hancock CountyOpen09/21/2018
Kossuth CountyOpen09/21/2018
Mitchell CountyOpen09/21/2018
Winnebago CountyOpen09/21/2018
Worth CountyOpen09/21/2018
Keokuk CountyOpen07/21/2020
Lee CountyOpen08/23/2019
Dubuque CountyOpen10/13/2020
Council BluffsOpen12/19/2020

What section 8 waitlists are open in Iowa?

At the moment there is 41 section 8 waitlists open in the state of Iowa. On this page you’ll see all the current open waitlists and when they were updated. To apply to a waitlist, you’ll have to reach out to your local housing authority office. You can view our income limits tool to see your income limit for different counties. Some local offices keep their waitlists open all the time while others are only open for a short period of time. The only requirement in the house choice voucher program guidebook is that they have enough people on the waitlist to give out vouchers as soon as possible. It also is important they don’t have so many people on the waitlist that the wait for housing assistance is unattainable. 

Can I apply to a waitlist for a different county?

You can apply for assistance anywhere in the country and most big cities have more than 65 local housing authority offices. It’s important to note that a county can throw out your application if there are duplicates so remember to apply to each waitlist once. You can take a look to see if you qualify in your current county and surrounding counties. 

Are my chances better if I apply as soon as it opens?

Benefits are not distributed on a first come first serve basis. Families are prioritized in the program based on need. People who need housing assistance as soon as possible are considered first. Each office is completely different and someone might verify your income once you’ve hit the top of the waitlist and some might verify before even adding you to the waitlist. 

We also recommend looking into public housing waitlists as well since they can be shorter in some areas. You’ll also have to maintain a good tenant history with no evictions on your record.  

How can I apply? 

Please reach out to your local housing authority office and they’ll be able to go over the application process. It’s really important to speak to someone since there’s a lot of different parts to the application and you don’t want to jeopardize your chances. Your local office should provide you with a link to fill out an application and should either get an email or letter confirming you’re on the waitlist. Keep a record of all documents since the waitlist can exceed 4+ years at times. 

How long are section 8 waitlists?

Each city is different but you could be on the waitlist for anywhere from 2-10+ years. In a study done by Kevin Williams, Ph.D., he estimates Fresno’s waitlist is about 4-5 years while San Francisco is 3-8 years depending on which income level a family hits. Santa Cruz is about a 6-year wait. He also states that these offices try to keep their waitlists artificially low to prevent giving families false hope but the acceptance rates are still relatively low.